United States Naval Academy - Provost

MD, Annapolis

The United States Naval Academy (“USNA”) in Annapolis, Maryland is seeking an Academic Dean and Provost (“Provost”) to serve as that storied institution’s chief academic officer. This leader will succeed Andrew Phillips, Ph.D. who has served in the role with distinction since 2009.

The Provost reports directly to the Superintendent (the service academy equivalent to a college president) and provides leadership in academic areas such as the development of academic programs; recruitment, retention and development of faculty; articulation of resource requirements; fundraising, and strategic planning and assessment. 

The USNA is a unique federal institution of higher learning that is both a source of commissioned officers for the Navy and Marine Corps and a premier undergraduate college serving 4,400 students (“midshipmen”).  After attending the Academy for four years, midshipmen graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees and receive a commission as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps with an expected service commitment of at least five years.

The student outcomes of this prestigious institution are compelling: the four-year graduation rate is 90%, and nearly 100% of the graduates are employed. College rankings demonstrate the academic rigor and achievement for which the Naval Academy is known:  U.S. News & World Report ranks USNA nationally as the #1 public college, #6 among liberal arts colleges, and #4 in non-Ph.D.-granting engineering programs.

The Academic Dean and Provost at USNA – who is not required to have a background in the military – has  the opportunity to be a part of a highly-respected institution with a clear, compelling mission and many unique and desirable attributes.  The Provost will:

  • Serve as the top academic leader in a mission-focused service academy, designed expressly to develop exceptional officers who are sworn to defend the Constitution and protect the nation’s security;
  • Interact regularly with students from across all U.S. states and territories who have been carefully selected for their academic performance, personal character, and leadership potential;
  • Work with highly dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to students’ moral, mental, and physical development;
  • Enjoy an academic setting largely free of many common challenges in higher education such as enrollment concerns, tuition and student affordability issues, declining graduation rates, and post-graduate student employment;
  • Work and live in Annapolis, one of the most beautiful, historic sites in America, situated between two dynamic cities (Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C.).

Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the United States Naval Academy in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

For additional information, including instructions on how to apply, please go to:


Nominations and inquiries only can be directed to:

John Thornburgh and Melody Rose, Ph.D.

The U.S. Naval Academy is an equal opportunity employer.